Where will a BC take you?

When you choose a degree, you're opening up countless new opportunities. Read about some of our successful students and recent graduates.

  • Briar Thompson

    Public Relations, Spanish
    “I valued the relationships I had with my lecturers, who challenged and inspired me, and who took an interest in what I wanted to do next and supported me to get there."

  • Stevie Ward

    Human Resource Management, Marketing
    The presentation skills I gained at Waikato have helped me become more confident with presenting training to staff and conducting interviews.

  • Shaun Kirkham

    Public Relations

  • Courtney Stayte

    Public Relations
    Courtney Stayte says Waikato's Bachelor of Communication is a must for anyone considering a career in public relations. "The qualification relies heavily on putting theory into practice - a must for any PR practitioner."

  • James Forster

    Working for the Chiefs Rugby franchise has been the perfect career start for James Forster, a social media marketing specialist who did his Bachelor of Communication Studies degree at Waikato University.

  • Lani Wreaks

    Political Science, Public Relations
    I had the opportunity to work alongside real businesses while still receiving that same level of support and resources you would expect from teaching staff.

  • Emily Gallagher

    Marketing, Public Relations
    One minute I was learning how to write press releases in class, the next I was writing them in real life for the University!

  • Chantelle Cobby

    Leadership Communication, Strategic Management
    When I was looking for a University, Waikato really stood out because of its smaller size, which meant I could develop personal relationships with other students and lecturers.

  • Truely Harding

    Leadership Communication
    You go back to be with the people who make you who you are. You love them because you’re their whānau and they shape you to be the person you are in this world

  • Ngarangi Stewart

    Political Science, Public Relations
    Kapa Haka and Waka Ama go together, I put them both on a pedestal.

  • Olivia Kerbers

    Public Relations
    "The Bachelor of Communication degree gives you a well-rounded balance of theory and how that’s applied in practice. You get so many opportunities to test your knowledge and put your creativity to the test through real-life scenarios, instead of just sitting there reading about it. You’re well supported by your lecturers and tutors, who help you to continually develop your skills.”

  • Mariah Ririnui

    Public Relations
    My degree gave me a really good foundation of skills, communication skills, written and spoken that I could apply to a lot of situations.

  • Tessa Preddy

    Leadership Communication, Public Relations
    Tessa Preddy is loving her career in public relations and her new life in Wellington. It was all jump-started by an internship with a communications agency that she completed during her university degree, which later turned into a full-time role.

  • Libby Baron

    Public Relations
    Libby Baron is loving the opportunities and lifestyle in Queenstown since she graduated from a Bachelor of Communication degree at Waikato, majoring in public relations.

  • Todd Harper

    Marketing, Public Relations
    Good communication is absolutely critical to the success of any organisation that needs to make well-informed decisions.

  • Ellyse Bowen

    Marketing, Public Relations
    Ellyse Bowen started out as a marketing intern at the University of Waikato, and she jumped at the chance to work here full-time.

  • Abbey Hilson

    Marketing, Public Relations
    Creating a real-life public relations campaign in third year was 100% the highlight of my BCS degree. We learnt how to deal with people, clients, deadlines, stress and all the things that come with working in the real world. It was a great stepping stone.

  • Hannah Porter


  • Celine Kao

    Leadership Communication, Public Relations

  • Sam Marelich

    Design Media, Marketing
    As the Managing Partner for San Francisco-based recruitment firm, The Collective Search, Sam Marelich spends his days creating opportunities and opening doors for his clients in the tech world. Although, if it wasn’t for a few very useful coffee meetings, he may not be where he is today.

  • Jacinda Ardern

    Public Relations
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies at Waikato Management School in 2001.

  • Samantha Harris

    Volunteering is a great way to network with people you usually wouldn't cross paths with. I have lifelong friends from some of my volunteering experiences

  • Olivia Leckner

    Marketing, Public Relations
    In my job, I get to contribute to the planning and implementation of strategies and I'm also learning a lot about risk and reputation management, media relations, and public relations strategy.

  • Monica Helbano

    Leadership Communication, Public Relations
    Studying at Waikato University gave me a solid footing for getting into the professional world.

  • Lucas de Jong

    Public Relations
    With BBC World News, you're working on the biggest stories in the world. So I bounce around a bit, producing stories, editing, doing voice-overs, even overnight reporting. I really love being out in the field, seeing stories unfold in front of me.